30 September 2014

By the Chimney with Care

YAAAAYYYY! The day is finally here!
I'm totally excited to finally show you some sweet rustic stockings I made in June for American Patchwork & Quilting. If you know me well, you know that I absolutely adore making stockings and love an excuse to make more every year. When I designed Into the Woods, I imagined a woodland set of stockings. Never did I imagine I'd get to make them for such an amazing publication!
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2014 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
I suppose the reds/mints from my collection would have been an obvious choice for Christmas stockings, but I just couldn't help myself with the brown and pinks.
Look for this stocking pattern in the newly released December 2014 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting:
Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2014 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.
A big thanks to everyone at American Patchwork & Quilting for being so wonderful to work with! I have been a fan of this publication for a very long time and it is a dream to be a part of it at last.
One more thing--don't forget about the 20% discount in my shop using the promo code MODALOVE at checkout--today (9/30/14) is the last day it will be valid.

13 September 2014

The Prize

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by for the Moda Love Blog Tour! I love hearing about your favorite bedtime stories. The winner of the FQ bundle of Into the Woods is KrisD who said her favorite story is "Katie the Kitten." Send me an e-mail and let me know where to send the loot!
Into the Woods by Vanessa Goertzen for Moda
I'm also extending the 20% discount in the shop until the end of September. Just use the promo code MODALOVE at checkout to get the discount.
Cottage CanopyCartwheelTwinkleLB128 Wolf Bait (Nordic play cape)117 coverrgbLB127 Rose Red Woodland Doll pattern
And don't forget about my new (free!) pattern, Figgy Pudding
Figgy Pudding quilt pattern
Have a great weekend!

04 September 2014

Moda Love Blog Tour

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Hello! Today it's my turn on the Moda Love Blog Tour and I'm thrilled to have you here. If you're visiting for the first time, I'm Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique and am a new designer for Moda. My first collection Into the Woods shipped to shops last month (!!) and I couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of the Moda family!
Into the Woods & matching Aurifil
Speaking of family, I'm quite fond of mine here in Lubbock, TX. I wouldn't be where I am today without the love and support of my wonderful husband, Kevin. He brightens my life with his kind heart, boisterous laugh, and endless talents (like having the most dreamy singing voice on Earth AND a love of creating heavenly dishes like pork belly confit + sweet potato puree + pickled cucumbers). He is a serious catch. 
Kevin and Vanessa Goertzen
We celebrate our 11th anniversary in November and are parents to two spunky children named Olive and Lorenzo. These sweeties keep me running in circles all day, but I would not have it any other way.
Olive is thrilled but Lorenzo decided to snooze.
Since the Moda Love Blog Tour is all about LOVE, I'm answering a few questions about my LOVE of quilting:
When did you start quilting and what was your first project? My mom taught me to sew at a young age, but it wasn't until I was 15 that I really took an interest in quilting. One afternoon, I discovered her working on a pixelated sunflower quilt. It was so cheery and wonderful that I just had to make one. Of course, I wanted to add my own special touch, so I designed some smaller pixelated flower blocks to incorporate into a border. I was having a great time making it all up as I went along, adding sashing (of various widths) and corner blocks as I pleased... Of course, nothing really lined up quite as I had envisioned but I think the saving grace was a sweet poem I embroidered into the border about sunflowers and their quest for light. Despite its MANY imperfections, the quilt has always been a meaningful reminder to seek the good things in life. 
My first quilt
What is the best part of your design process? I LOVE the challenge of coming up with something new by letting the fabric do the talking. Each collection speaks to me in a different way and I love exploring new possibilities that each one brings. Playing with fabric every day is the best job in the whole world.
Rose Red Cartwheel quilt pattern. Fabric is Into the Woods by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique for Moda.
What fuels you to create? Because I do much of my work after everyone has gone to bed, sweets literally fuel my creativity in the wee hours of morning. Some of my favorites are Twizzlers, Swedish Fish, and Riesens. 
(something gummy-ish + something chocolate = the proper balance)
fuel
Working on Moda Lissa's "Tone it Down" quilt from
American Patchwork & Quilting, February 2014
THE MODA LAB 
At Quilt Market, we Moda designers were given the opportunity to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in the Moda Lab. Watch below as I share my favorite technique to transform a Layer Cake® into half-square triangles:

This method of making half-square triangles comes in especially handy when piecing my new Figgy Pudding quilt pattern (free).
THE MODA LOVE LAYER CAKE PATTERN  
The Moda designers were also given this pattern and tasked with making it using our latest lines. Here's mine, and the beautiful bread basket pantograph quilting was done by Abby Latimer of Latimer Lane Quilting.
Moda Love #3
I wanted a little bit of a scrappy look to mine so I departed from the pattern slightly... I took 12 Layer Cake® squares, sub-cut them into 5" squares first, sewed them into four-patches, and THEN plugged them into the pattern.
Instructions include smaller versions using a charm pack or a mini charm pack. I made all three sizes and I think the mini charm version is my favorite! Isn't she sweet?
Moda Love #1
And here is the charm pack version (I played around with the inverse design):
Moda Love #2
It's fun to see all the other Moda designers' fabrics plugged into this pattern! Now what, you've all been waiting for...
THE GIVEAWAY! 
A fat quarter bundle of Into the Woods is up for grabs! Just leave (one) comment telling me what your favorite bedtime story is. 
But that's not all! I'm also offering a 20% discount on all patterns in my shop when the promo code MODALOVE is used at checkout.
Into the Woods by Vanessa Goertzen for Moda
Winners for the giveaways will be announced September 13th! 
Be sure to check out the full Moda Love Blog Tour schedule for other great giveaways, Moda Love quilts, and Moda Lab videos! Today check out the new posts today for Malka DubrawskyBlackbird Designs, and Lauren + Jessi Jung. Thanks for stopping by!

29 August 2014

Mixing it Up

I can still picture the day in third grade when the recorders were handed out (I remember them being called flutaphones?). One of the first songs we learned to play was "Hot Cross Buns". It's one of those little ditties everyone knows, right? One-a-penny, two-a-penny, hot cross buns. (Do kids learn this anymore?)
For some reason I've had "Hot Cross Buns" on my mind lately and it has made its way into my quilting. So without further ado, meet one of my newest patterns:
LB130 Hot Cross Buns
I used a Jelly Roll® and coordinating solids from a fabulous new line of fabric called Mixologie by Studio M for Moda. It is a great modern collection and releases in just a few days! (That's right, I'm giving you a little sneaky peek.) The pattern is available in my shop in PDF or paper format--paper will ship sometime next week.
Hot Cross Buns1
I quilted it with a million squiggly lines--a fun method I learned from Camille's craftsy class! It took a lot longer to do this (and used a lot of thread) but was so worth it. 
Hot Cross Buns3
Definitely the craziest batch of hot cross buns I've ever seen. 
Hot Cross Buns2
But that's not all--I've got another new pattern for you. (A few of you may remember the original I made a year ago after moving to Texas.) It's called The North Wind after one of my all-time favorite bedtime stories. This pattern is also now listed in the shop in PDF or paper format.
LB129 The North Wind
I made this one with two charm packs, along with more coordinating solids. I love the way the navy corner/side triangles really make all the colors really pop. 
I must admit that I used to be totally afraid of on-point quilts. Then I actually made one and realized it was a fear of the unknown holding me back. So glad to be over that! It's really a lot of fun.
The North Wind 2
The quilt felt very whimsical to me so I let the freemotion quilting reflect that with lots of swirlies.
The North Wind 1
I'll be sending these off soon so they can pay a visit to quilt market in Houston! Wish I was going!

14 August 2014

Figgy Pudding {Free Pattern}

Figgy Pudding quilt pattern
I have been meaning to make a Christmas quilt ever since I got my hands on Into the Woods yardage clear back in March. Five months later...
The Figgy Pudding fat quarter pattern is here at last and the good news is 1) it's free, 2) there is still plenty of time to make it before Christmas, and 3) Into the Woods is on its way to shops right now!
Maybe this was perfect timing after all.
Figgy Pudding
This is a free pattern, and there are a couple different ways to access it. First, you can visit the Moda Bake Shop and view it in tutorial form OR you can access the PDF download here. I think this quilt would make a really great class!
Abby Latimer quilted Figgy Pudding with a cable design and I can't stop swooning over it. You cannot go wrong with the cable design! 
Figgy Pudding
Enjoy! 

28 July 2014

My Favorite Bedtime Story

Thank you for the birthday wishes! I loved hearing about your favorite bedtime stories and how some of them have become family traditions. So neat! 
A big congrats to Lisa E. who won the fat eighth bundle and and pattern prize. She said "My daughters had a lot of stuffed bunnies, so we made up bedtime stories about the softies." Let me know where I can send your prize!
Into the Woods
One of my favorite bedtime stories was "The Boy and the North Wind." I found an excellent retelling of it here if you are interested in hearing it.
We're in the final days of the 30% discount in my shop. Just use the promo code PIONEERBABY in July AND if you purchase 3 patterns or more you also get a free mini charm pack of Into the Woods (while supplies last).

24 July 2014

The Big 30

It's my birthday, ya'll and I'm ALLLLL about the number 30 today. 
Into the Woods by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique for Moda
Speaking of the number 30, did you know that Into the Woods has 30 different prints? I guess it's a sign I'd better give some away...how about a fat eighth bundle and a handful of my patterns. Sound good?
Into the Woods by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique for Moda
Because Into the Woods was inspired by my favorite bedtime stories, you can enter to win by leaving a comment telling me what your favorite bedtime story is. I'll pick one comment at random first thing Monday morning (7/28/14). ***Contest now closed***
Because of the number 30, I am also offering a 30% discount in my shop off anything using PIONEERBABY as the promo code--good through the rest of July. And what the heck, if you buy 3 patterns or more, I'll sweeten the deal by throwing in a mini charm pack (while supplies last, no promo code needed).
Into the Woods by Vanessa Goertzen for Moda
The last decade of my life was pretty cool, and I'm definitely looking forward to what's up ahead. Oh and Happy Pioneer day!

15 July 2014

A Perfect Match

Thread. Everybody who sews uses it but not everyone knows the difference between the good stuff and the BEST stuff. When you sew everyday like I do, it's imperative to use the best, so I have become a big Aurifil fan. I mean, just check out how pretty those little spools are just sitting there!
Into the Woods & matching Aurifil
You may have heard other designers rave Aurifil thread and I'm here to confirm it is for good reason. First of all, these fabulous little spools are 100% Egyptian cotton (long staple) and come in multiple weights. I prefer the 50 weight pretty much all the time as it is great for everything--piecing, quilting, hand-binding, etc.
One of the first things I did when I got my Into the Woods strikeoffs was look through my Aurifil color card to find the perfect coordinating colors for all my bazillions of projects I knew I would be making. (I used every single color in the Cottage Canopy for all that top-stitching!)
So here are the coordinating colors that you are going to want to stock up on for your Into the Woods sewing projects (as seen above):
  • 2021 (white)
  • 2415 (pink)
  • 2360 (brown)
  • 2835 (mint)
I hope that helps! Feel free to leave any questions in the comments. 
Oh and don't forget about the 30% discount in my shop using promo code PIONEERBABY any time in July!